Franklin Intros New Dictionaries for iPhone/iPad

Posted by at 10:43 am on May 18, 2010

Franklin Electronic Publishers has announced today the release of 12 visual dictionary translation applications for use with Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod. While historically, Franklin provided language solutions on its proprietary devices, Franklin is now releasing ViDICTO+ Mytrip applications for download to 3rd party devices such as the Apple line-up. Initially the ViDICTO+ Mytrip applications are available in 11 language pairs, either English or German centric, at the App Store for $5.99 each with a compact version of the English-to-Spanish version available for free. These applications combine the features of a visual dictionary, talking phrasebook, regular dictionary and learning application all in a single offering. The applications run “offline,” so internet and data connections are not required for use.

“The popularity of applications for portable devices is undeniably a rapidly expanding market,” says Barry Lipsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Franklin Electronic Publishers. “With the ViDICTO+ Mytrip applications, the casual traveler or more serious language learner can have a foreign language at their fingertips. Franklin’s legacy has always been about enhancing our customers’ ability to communicate effectively. We’re a known trusted source for both our content and our handheld devices,” he added, “but with ViDICTO+ we’re now contributing to a fluid environment by providing content and applications as device agnostic solutions starting with these Apple devices and versions for additional languages and other major Smartphone platforms on the horizon.”

Each visual dictionary allows the lookup of words and phrases through a variety of categories, linking language to an activity or location. Words and phrases are presented in a combination of pictures, spoken language and written words to aid in learning and memorization. All recorded words and phrases are pronounced by native speakers. Contextual phrases are available in every entry and any word or phrase can be saved to personalized “short lists” for easy access. A “trainer” mode is available for quizzes.

The ViDICTO+ Mytrip applications are available in the following language pairs: English-to-French, English-to-German, English-to-Japanese, English-to-Mandarin, English-to-Russian, English-to-Spanish (also available in a free compact version), German-to-English, German-to-Japanese, German-to-Mandarin, German-to-Russian, and German-to-Spanish.

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